View of Balinese style salt water pool with Mandarin orange orchard in backgroundPool after an early spring rain
Labranda, magnificent Aegean vista

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While there are beautiful hotels in the area, Bodrum Retreat is a unique experience. Although you are only 5 minutes away from mainstream Bodrum Peninsula, you are in a different world. You find yourself high above the sea looking at life far below.

The space

Bodrum Retreat is the owners dream come true.
The location is awesome and when you first arrive, it will take your breath away. The views are unparalleled and from the property you can see from Yalikavak Marina to the west, Samos Island in Greece, 45km away north and Gundogan to the east. While we have 3 suites for rental, we are definitely not like a hotel and in no way do we resemble anything else but a very private home.
If you decide to come, without any prompting, you will immediately feel at ease. The location is marked by twenty, 75 year old Italian cypress trees in which the birds sing and rare squirrels have their early morning breakfast.
Days are balmy, generally breezy and at least 5 degrees C. cooler than what you see below near the sea.
Evenings are perfect for outside dining and the sunsets are always different and magnificent.

One of the highest points on the Bodrum peninsula, this hand crafted stone house affords magnificent views of the Turkish coast as well as the Greek Islands from Kalymnos to Samos. Interior furnished by noted decorator. One of the most unique and beautiful Aegean properties you will find. Surrounded by mandarin, almond, fruit trees and grapes. Private herb and vegetable gardens. Extensive natural stone patios. Swimming pool / dining / entertainment area with unobstructed views of the sea and hills. A private setting in a magical part of Bodrum.

The suites are also ideal for Fall, Winter and Spring visits to Bodrum as, in those seasons, heating is included in the pricing and warm bedding duvets provide exceptional comfort. Most restaurants have fireplaces and without crowds of tourists, the cuisine is at its best. Scores of historical sites are uniquely yours for the day. Flights from NY, and European counties are at their lowest and Bodrum is just a 55 minute flight from exciting Istanbul.
We think Bodrum, out of season, is truly the best kept secret in the Aegean region.

This farm house, consisting of 2 floors, with separate entrances, was built years ago by master stone builders. 50 cm. thick walls. Windows are antique, carved, latticed wood, circa Ottoman Empire 1850. One can rent the top floor, called Labranda, or, the ground floor, called Herakleia, or book the entire house.
The 3rd suite, named Iassus, is located 50 meters away from the farmhouse. It is private and somewhat larger than the other two suites and opens onto a small private rose garden. The views are exceptional.

All of the suites are perfect for couples, or an extended family, if one decides to book more than one suite. Each year, we have several requests to book all three suites for family and/or close friends.

We have 2 suites described below. Herakleia and Labranda. Both make up one stone house but with separate entrances. Since they both have different prices, you simply need to ask me for a quote for the dates you wish to come. I can rent one or two or all three suites. The third suite is Iassus and is located 50 meters from the other two.That is why I have an explanation about all on this page

HERAKLEIA Residence: (Ground floor)

One enters the Herakleia residence via a 19C Ottoman door, from the extensive stone patio surrounding the house.
There is also a three meter wide sliding door (with screen) that opens to the courtyard.
Facing the sliding door, on the patio, is an enchanting small decorative Ottoman marble pool, now transformed into a planter.
Double queen bed in Japanese tatami style, with orthopedic mattress, is tucked into a Roman alcove within the room.
Flat screen TV, DVD, satellite TV, International and local channels and Wi-Fi.
Wood, antique dining table and chairs for eating in the room. Reading sofa and antique lounge chair.
Antique cabinet for clothes storage. Unique, Ottoman style kitchenette includes all necessary tableware and cooking accessories.
Undercounter fridge, electrical grill, Microwave, gas stove, etc.
Bathroom equipped with 19th C. Ottoman marble sink and rain shower.

LABRANDA Residence (second floor)

One enters the loft style residence via stone stairs from the extensive stone patio surrounding the house.
The East facing wall, has small triangle, colored glass windows, that play the effects of the morning sun on the interior walls in a pleasing moving display. Double queen bed.
Flat screen TV, DVD, satellite TV, international and local channels and Wi-Fi.

Antique ebony 19th C.wood dining table and antique coffee shop chairs for eating in the room. Antique lounge chair.
Antique 19th C Korean dressing cabinet for clothes storage.
Traditional antique pine reproduction of an Aegean kitchenette. All necessary tableware and cooking accessories. Under counter fridge, grill, gas stove, etc.
Bathroom equipped with 19th C. Ottoman marble sink and rain shower.

IASSUS residence

This cottage was built years ago by master stone builders. 50 cm thick walls. The cottage has, in addition, a large natural pine wood and glass room that lets in good natural light for dining or just reading a book. The view from this room is North and West which is the direction of the surrounding countryside, the Aegean and the Greek Islands. On a clear day you can see Samos Island in Greece. Immediately below the cottage is a large field of lavender. The intimate outside dining area hosts a dining table and all around, is rose garden.

This house is perfect for a couple (we have had families of 3 and 4 stay here) or joined with Herakleia and Labranda, presents an opportunity for a large family reunion. It is the largest of the 3 suites.

The Iassus residence is quite private. One enters the residence via an antique, Bodrum, pine carved door, from the extensive stone patio surrounding the house. Through this door, one enters the pine wood/glass room. This room is made from recycled, accordion style, pine wood doors mounted with clear glass in the upper half of each door. There is good light in this room. Antique early 20th C. rosewood dining table with 2 antique rosewood chairs on one side and a 19th C. Rajastani takat lounge bed, fitted with soft billowy pillows on the other side. Overhead fan and a large original, trompe l'oeil painting from Goa, complete the picture.
The north side, has an antique lounge chair and reading lamp. All doors open to the North or to the West, which also harbors a small intimate rose garden and a Japanese oak dining table made from a hot tub circa 1850.

At the south end of this, all weather, room and up 2 stone steps, one enters the loft style stone cottage residence.

To the left of the entry door is the pine wood and tiled kitchen. The kitchen is large when compared to the size of the residence. All necessary tableware and cooking accessories are in place. Midsize fridge, toaster, grill, 4 burner gas stove, electrical oven, etc.
Good lighting and antique food art prints. A delight for food people.
To the right of the entry door, is the lounging couch then a queen bed, both of which face the flat screen TV.
DVD, satellite TV, international and local channels and Wi-Fi.
Original artwork throughout.
Lastly, a delightfully modern bathroom equipped with rain shower. Wonderful original 19th C. lithographs of old Istanbul and an old map of Turkey decorate the walls.
House is furnished with top quality furnishings and antiques.

All of the above residences are the perfect family getaway, or join many couples who have booked with us for their honeymoon.

We can host small wedding parties or reunions, complete with catering, for up to 50 persons.

When available, all suites can be booked.

Truly, a romantic and magic area

The pool, 30 meters from the house, is Balinese in style and is surrounded by a small mandarin orange orchard. Pool is a salt water pool and shared by the 3 suites. Typically, it is not used all the time, as guests tend to travel to markets and historical sites during their stay.

Quality teak chaise lounge, stone tables, etc., strategically placed throughout the area.

There are a number of spots for dining outside on this large 5000 meter property (approx. 50, 000 sq. ft.).

The owner’s stone house is also on the property.

The view from the villa is north-west, looking over volcanic rock shapes and catacombs in the valley, the new, spectacular, Yalikavak Marina to the west and then 180 degree, unobstructed, views out to the Greek islands. There are many walking trails in the area. The village of Yalikavak offers shops and a large selection of restaurants along the water’s edge. There is a fantastic selection of shops and cafes at the international marina. Sailboats and windsurf can be rented. 10 - 20 minutes takes you to neighboring villages and 20 minutes to the lively town of Bodrum. Ephesus is a two hour drive and the ancient Mausoleum of Halikarnas and Castle of St. Peter are both in Bodrum City.

SPECIAL FOOD OPTIONS- for discussion

CAR HIRE- Economical car hire with airport pick up can be arranged.

BOAT TRIPS- We also associate with exceptionally honest and trustworthy wooden boat gulet owners. We can help you organize one day or week long trips with confidence.

Owner has extensive knowledge of the local area, as well as Turkey wide, for sightseeing, gourmet dining, etc.

The harvest from the owner’s vineyard, 300 meters below the house, begins around last week of August.


If you have any questions or would like to receive additional photographs, we have established a number for you to call from USA. ((PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN)).
Emails will be answered promptly.

Keywords: Farm House residence, summer, fall, winter, spring, blue cruise, boat, car rental, gourmet, retreat, cool,

Guest access

Guests have access to the property. The pool, gardens, flowers, hiking treks, numerous areas to hide away and meditate.

Interaction with guests

The atmosphere is family friendly. If you wish to be alone and read a book you can do that and if you wish to search the hosts mind for things to do, places to visit and great places to eat, you can do that.

The space
Accommodates: 2
Bathrooms: 1
Bed type: Real Bed
Bedrooms: 1
Beds: 1
Check In: Anytime after 3PM
Check Out: 12PM (noon)
Pet Owner: Dog(s)
Room type: Entire home/flat


Weekly Discount: 25%
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House Rules
Check in is anytime after 3PM

The 2 suites are vacation rentals and are clean when you arrive. If you need cleaning during your stay we can offer this at extra cost. We charge no deposit but if something is broken we would expect you to replace it or ask for our assistance. We prefer if there is no smoking in any of the inside rooms but outside, convenient areas are available just inches from your door. There is a garbage bin behind the house and a car park at the entrance to the property. We supply drinking water, coffee, tea, a bottle of wine and a wonderful snack plate, as a greeting gift, for your arrival but you need to purchase regular supplies for your stay. There is a new air conditioner in each suite and we would expect nominal use on very hot days. Don't worry, we are not monitoring this.
We are high in the hills and our weather is generally much cooler than most of Bodrum, If your anticipation is leaving the air conditioners on day and night, please inform us in advance, as there is a supplemental charge for this.


Safety features
Smoke detector
Carbon monoxide detector
First aid kit
Fire extinguisher

3 nights minimum stay

8 Reviews

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Mert User Profile
September 2017
If you are tired of crowd and noise and want a true escape on your holiday, this is your happy place in Bodrum. It soothes your soul with its quiet and treats your eye with beautiful architecture, landscape and carefully curated details. The property is located in a secluded area up on the hill but it is also a short drive to Yalikavak center. So effortlessly, you can enjoy a quiet holiday and easily access to beaches and restaurants at the same time. Frank and Berna were great hosts; so warm, thoughtful and helpful. It was always pleasing to chat with them. Thanks to their suggestions on the beaches, local markets and restaurants, we discovered places that we have never heard of or read on blog posts about Bodrum. You will also have the chance to taste Frank’s wine and jam within their welcome treats, they were all delicious. We stayed at Labranda. It was very cosy, beautifully decorated with wooden antique pieces that we fell in love with. If you are into this kind of decoration and like moody light, you may also like this room. Although a dining table was present, we always preferred to have our meals outside to enjoy the garden and the stunning view. Make sure to spend at least one evening at the property. Open a bottle of wine, take a walk in the garden, watch the sunset and then have a candlelit dinner under the trees in quiet, thinking that this might be the heaven on earth. This is a special place with beautiful souls. You will never forget and will always want to come back. We will definitely do so.

Cem User Profile
September 2016
Absolutely amazing. Frank and Berna have been amazing hosts throughout my stay - and that means in every sense. They're always approachable and welcoming and God knows their coffee tastes delicious. The place was exactly what I expected to find looking at the pictures, if not better. It is really close to anywhere worth being thus giving you the perk of having the option to either have a relaxing day at home looking at the stunning view or taking a short trip to Turkbuku or Yalikavak to "jam" at a variety of different places offering happy hour music. Overall, my trip has been extremely joyous and I feel lucky to have chosen Frank and Berna's place to stay.

Paul User Profile
September 2015
we felt welcome the moment we walked thru the door onto the property. the listing was not accurate- it is better than the pictures portrayed. quiet and serene, a perfect place to use as a base from which to take day trips, a tour or just hang out. The room was comfortable, airy and beautifully appointed with old world charm. i would definitely stay here again and again but next time for longer.

Jessica User Profile
August 2015
Frank, Berna, and their on-site colleagues were very helpful in accomodating our large family leading up to and during our week-long stay at Bodrum Retreat. The property sits atop Yalikavak in a small village called Gokçebel. We thought it would be more remote, but we were pleasantly surprised that by car you can reach most destinations in Yalikavak in about 5 minutes. The property itself is stunning and very quiet - surrounded by many fig, olive, and satsuma trees. The rooms are perfectly set up to never have to leave the property (aside from grocery shopping), if you wanted to. Due to the fact that the property consists of only 3 suites surrounding Frank's private home - and all sharing the same common areas - you are very much in close contact with the other guests. This can either be a good or a bad thing depending on who happens to be there at the same time as you. We did feel, at times, that we had overstayed our welcome being that we were a large family with 4 young children. All in all it was a very relaxing getaway on a beautiful property. Highly recommended.

Jessica User Profile
August 2015
Beautiful property, close to everything in Bodrum. Highly recommended.

Ipek User Profile
August 2015
Frank is the example of a prime Airbnb host. He is very responsive and overly helpful in all of our communication. He was very attentive and quick to answer with details making our arrival, stay and check-out very comfortable. His taste and eye for design is only part of his extraordinary personality. I could not recommend him enough. Very prompt in responding and very warm and welcoming when we arrived. His wife Berna is very friendly person and his daughter Amber is sweet and beatiful children Franks's house is one of the most beautiful spaces which I have ever seen; a traditional Bodrum stone house, superbly decorated and very comfortable. The place is exactly as described, probably better. Beautifully located, designed and spotlessly clean. We ended up checking a lot of activities and restaurants from his list. We loved our 5 days there and will definitely return one day. Five stars! Thank you Frank

Ciara User Profile
August 2014
Stunning accommodation and location, and perfect hosts - such an amazing place to stay! The location is fantastic – the tag line of ‘in the clouds looking at the Aegean’ is spot on! The property is located up in the hills, above a village, with stunning views down to the sea and the islands (including distant Greek ones) beyond. The sunsets are extraordinary. Because it’s up in the hills there’s a good chance of seeing some interesting wildlife - we saw wild boar on the road up to the property a few times, plus birds of prey, an owl, a marten etc. The accommodation is beautiful. Superbly designed, in a traditional style, it was a source of constant visual delight during our stay – handsome stone buildings, set around a terrace and courtyards; the fabulous stone plunge pool - swimming in which makes you feel like a well-to-do Roman; and the exceptionally well designed courtyards and gardens, full of antique amphorae etc; the beautiful brick vaulted ceiling and antique wooden shutters in the bedroom. Not surprising to see that it featured in an interior design magazine. It will be inspiring some home-and-garden improvements back home! And Frank and his wife Berna are the most wonderful hosts. Lovely people and great fun! If you like food, they can recommend you a huge range of restaurants, for breakfast lunch or dinner (and rang and booked for us) – and their recommendations were always spot on! Frank (originally from the US, but a long time resident of Turkey) set up a local slow food organisation in his free time, and makes his own excellent wine from his own vineyard, as well as the most amazing herb liqueurs, and Berna (Turkish, with perfect English) is a wonderful cook and former restaurateur, so they know what they are talking about. Nothing was too much trouble for them. They have two very helpful live-in staff, a husband and wife team, who can do laundry etc. Frank and Brena organised a boat trip on one day, in a lovely traditional Turkish sailing boat – swimming in little coves, delicious lunch of fish and seafood caught by the crew; and Berna cooked a fabulous Turkish meal on another evening. A real privilege to be their guests for an all-too-short week. It was so lovely being there that we hardly left the place during our week there - and certainly didn’t want to leave at the end!
Berna User Profile
Response from Berna:
Wow, what a lovely review. You have gone through almost everything with 5 stars. An amazingly big thank you is what you get for that. We will do out best to impress you even more when you return one day and by the way, we enjoyed being with both of you. All in.......... a quality visit.
August 2014

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Berna User Profile

Worked in the hospitality industry for many years as well as partner in a fine dining restaurant in Bodrum and enjoy life with my partner who has lived all his life as an expat and finally retired to Bodrum 20 years ago.
We have a 5 year old daughter.
We love wine, food and travel and meeting interesting people

Languages: English, Türkçe
Response rate: 100%
Response time: within an hour

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